Lying to congress... sure he'll be heading to prison, well maybe at least he'll be fired. Hell who am I kidding, its promotion time, cause congress is just as guilty as he is. James Clapper Apologizes for Lying to Congress About NSA Surveillance: 'Clearly Erroneous'
Jul. 2, 2013 7:30pm Jason Howerton
WASHINGTON (AP) - Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has apologized for telling Congress earlier this year that the National Security Agency does not collect data on millions of Americans, a response he now says was "clearly erroneous."
Clapper apologized in a letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein. His agency posted the letter Tuesday on its website.
Are We Really Free When Big Brother Is Systematically Turning America Into A Giant Prison?
By Michael Snyder, on July 4th, 2013
Every year on July 4th we celebrate our "independence", but is America really free? How could we possibly be free when "Big Brother" is constantly intruding in our lives in hundreds of different ways? And I am not just talking about NSA snooping. Sadly, the truth is that the United States is beginning to fully embrace a "police state" culture. We have learned that the government monitors and keeps a record of all of our cell phone calls, emails, Internet searches, credit card transactions, and every piece of mail that we send. But most Americans don't seem to care. We are "encouraged" to report the "suspicious activity" of our neighbors to the authorities, we are told that having security thugs touch the private areas of our women and children at our airports is necessary "for our security", and 80,000 SWAT team raids are conducted each year in the United States. But the American people don't seem to care. America was once a great country, but now it is being turned into a giant prison, and only a small minority of the citizens are raising their voices in objection.
Snowden: NSA 'in Bed' With Other Western Governments
Sunday, 07 Jul 2013 06:21 AM
Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said the National Security Agency operates broad secret spying partnerships with other Western governments now complaining about its programs, in an interview published Sunday.
Five unanswered questions about the NSA's surveillance programs
By Brendan Sasso - 07/07/13 03:35 PM ET
Leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have provided new insight into how the government monitors domestic and foreign communications for threats to national security.
Although the government has disclosed some additional details about the programs in response to the leaks, important questions remain about the nature and scope of the surveillance programs.
Without that additional information, it is impossible to know the extent to which the government is peering into the lives of Americans in the name of national security, according to privacy advocates.
On one hand, we're able spread our message of Liberty and resistance to tyranny. On the other hand, what we say, when we say it, and where we say it tells more about us that most realize. The federal regime is able to take all this information and build what's called a "pattern of life" around it.
Linchpin for Obama's plan to predict future leakers unproven, isn't likely to work, experts say
By Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents.
The techniques are a key pillar of the Insider Threat Program, an unprecedented government-wide crackdown under which millions of federal bureaucrats and contractors must watch out for "high-risk persons or behaviors" among co-workers. Those who fail to report them could face penalties, including criminal charges.
Alleged NSA surveillance in Brazil stirs regional tension - again
Documents leaked to O Globo newspaper by Edward Snowden suggest the US has monitored billions of Brazilian calls and emails. Its leaders are demanding an explanation.
By Janet Tappin Coelho, July 9, 2013
razilian politicians are calling on President Dilma Rousseff to take a tough stance against the United States and boycott her official visit to the White House in October this year, following allegations that the US monitored billions of emails and other communications made by Brazilian citizens.
The revelations that Brazil may have been subjected to the highest level of surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) of any South American country came in a leaked report from the former CIA contractor Edward Snowden to the Brazilian newspaper, O Globo, which published its findings over the weekend.
Well, this is nothing knew but here it goes anyways. There is a little shop in a small town that makes gears for drones, the total order for last year was 300 and as of the first 6 months of 2013 they had made 600.
By Craig Timberg, Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 9:53 AM
Recent debate over U.S. government surveillance has focused on the information that American technology companies secretly provide to the National Security Agency. But that is only one of the ways the NSA eavesdrops on international communications.
A classified NSA slide obtained by The Washington Post and published here for the first time lists "Two Types of Collection."
Lawmakers: Surveillance Reports to Congress 'Misleading'
Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 12:21 PM, By Sandy Fitzgerald
The Obama administration offered misleading reports about national security programs, lawmakers tasked with overseeing policies are complaining.
Officials have either outright denied collecting information about millions of people, or have in many cases, left the impression that only information on certain cases is collected, The Washington Post reports.
"The national security state has grown so that any administration is now not upfront with Congress," said New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee. "It's an imbalance that's grown in our government, and one that we have to cleanse."
Report: 'Top-Secret' Documents Reveal How Microsoft Helped NSA Intercept User Communications
Jul. 11, 2013 5:00pm Jason Howerton
Microsoft has worked closely with U.S. intelligence agencies to allow users' private communications to be "intercepted," according to "top-secret" documents obtained by the Guardian. This reportedly includes assisting the National Security Agency in getting around Microsoft's own encryption.
Where does this thread or discussion go from here? People across this country have call and written their Representatives with little results. What are the results of our efforts? Spin supporting their policies with little result in enforcing the Constitution and the Rights of the American People. So where does the people go from here?
Nowhere in the world is privacy as under assault as it is in America, the one country with a written governing document – the U.S. Constitution – that specifically prohibits our government from denying us our right to privacy. If we had leaders of integrity this wouldn’t be an issue, but the government in Washington is behaving precisely the way our leaders have fashioned it, so serial violations of our rights is the norm these days rather than the exception.
It reminds me of a line from Rambo II. When the Col tries to take a group to get Johnny the CIA bad guy says: "You knew, or suspected it " So if you didn't do anything you are as guilty as I am" or some such This is where we are today. We knew but did nothing!
I, and probably you, grew up snickering about the FBI or CIA listening in on our phone calls. We all have made the statement when a letter was late "The FBI probably hasn't fininshed reading it yet". So now we have been shown it was true and know how deep the rabbit hole goes. What are we going to do about it?
We will probably do what we did before.
Sip, another beer, and switch the TV over to Survivor so we can watch the Brunette's butt when she climbs the tree to get the Coconuts.
In a heated confrontation over domestic spying, members of Congress said Wednesday they never intended to allow the National Security Agency to build a database of every phone call in America. And they threatened to curtail the government's surveillance authority.
Top Obama administration officials countered that the once-secret program was legal and necessary to keep America safe. And they left open the possibility that they could build similar databases of people's credit card transactions, hotel records and Internet searches.
The clash on Capitol Hill undercut President Barack Obama's assurances that Congress had fully understood the dramatic expansion of government power it authorized repeatedly over the past decade.
The NSA Admits It Analyzes More People's Data Than Previously Revealed
Philip Bump, Jul 17, 2013
As an aside during testimony on Capitol Hill today, a National Security Agency representative rather casually indicated that the government looks at data from a universe of far, far more people than previously indicated.
I will believe it when I see it. They have rubber stamped these programs since Bush and the Republicans passed them... and both parties have renewed them without fail ever since... kill the golden goose? I think not.
Just like with taxes, once passed they are never rescinded. When the government overreaches, the hand is never moved back... only repositioned.
Sensenbrenner: Congress Will Not Renew NSA Surveillance Program
Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 12:28 PM, By Sandy Fitzgerald
The Patriot Act's chief author said the House of Representatives will never renew provisions that allow the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records, and he expects the program will end sometime next year.
White House stays silent on renewal of NSA data collection order
Officials decline to comment on whether they will seek to renew order that permits bulk collection of Americans' phone records
Spencer Ackerman, Thursday 18 July 2013 15.55 EDT
The Obama administration is refusing to say whether it will seek to renew a court order that permits the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records on millions of Verizon customers when it expires at the end of this week.
Officials declined to discuss what action they intend to take about the order at the center of the current surveillance scandal, which formally expires at 5pm Friday.
And this from the person most likely to be the next head of the Stasi... err, DHS
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly criticizes NSA secrecy over phone records collection Kelly said Americans would accept the program revealed by leaker Edward Snowden if they were told up front.
By Barry Paddock AND Stephen Rex Brown, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, June 17, 2013, 5:38 PM
"I don't think it ever should have been made secret," said Kelly, who also called for more oversight of the program to prevent abuse.
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly criticized the secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency on Monday, saying Americans would likely be comfortable knowing their conversations are monitored.
"I don't think it ever should have been made secret. I think the American public can accept the fact if you tell them that every time you pick up the phone it's going to be recorded and goes to the government," Kelly said at an event dedicating two new harbor patrol boats.
Secret court OKs continued US phone surveillance program for another three months
Published July 20, 2013, FoxNews.com
The secret intelligence court that signs off on giving the U.S. government the authority to monitor hundreds of millions of telephone records has renewed the government's request to do so for another three months.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced Friday its authority to maintain the program expired on July 19 and that the government had sought and received a renewal from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.
National Intelligence Director James Clapper announced the new order.
Mood shifting, Congress may move to limit NSA spying
By David Lightman, Kate Irby and Ben Kamisar | McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Congress is growing increasingly wary of controversial National Security Agency domestic surveillance programs, a concern likely to erupt during legislative debate _ and perhaps prod legislative action _ as early as next week.
Skepticism has been slowly building since last month's disclosures that the super-secret NSA conducted programs that collected Americans' telephone data. Dozens of lawmakers are introducing measures to make those programs less secret, and there's talk of denying funding and refusing to continue authority for the snooping.
The anxiety is a sharp contrast to June's wait-and-see attitude after Edward Snowden, a government contract worker, leaked highly classified data to the media. The Guardian newspaper of Britain reported one program involved cellphone records. The Guardian, along with The Washington Post, also said another program allowed the government access to the online activity of users at nine Internet companies.
'Challenge' the agency's power... That agency should have ZERO power, but when ya got the pics of corrupted politicians doing each other, you can pretty much do as you will. NSA Reportedly Calls 'Top Secret' Emergency Meeting Ahead of Vote on House Amendment That Would Challenge Agency's Power
Jul. 23, 2013 7:30pm Jason Howerton
The National Security Agency reportedly called for a "top secret" meeting with members of the U.S. House on Tuesday to argue against a House amendment that would challenge the spy agency's power for the first time, according to an invitation circulated in Congress and obtained by the Huffington Post.
The House amendment, written by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), would seek to reign in the NSA's sweeping power to collect massive amounts of American citizens' communications data. The amendment is co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. John Conyers. A vote on the amendment is scheduled to take place sometime this week.
House Rejects Amendment to Defund NSA Program That Collects Millions of Americans' Phone Records - Here's Everyone Who Voted for and Against It
Jul. 24, 2013 7:03pm Jason Howerton
The vote was 217-205 on an issue that created unusual political coalitions in Washington, with libertarian-leaning conservatives and liberal Democrats pressing for the change against the Obama administration, the Republican establishment and Congress' national security experts.
Most of MI. Republicans excluding J. Amash of course voted it down. Talked to my Reps office which turned into a heated debate, they based their decisions on.
1- First it is not called "SPYING", we do not spy on the American people. 2- We listened to Dept. Heads from all the security and Surveillance Dept's and the Military and they cannot do their job without the NSA collecting data. 3- Talked with the courts and the courts "SAY'S" this is constitutional and "IS NOT" violating anyone's Rights or Civil Liberties, so it is within the law. 4- Search warrants must be first issued before looking at your data. 5- Because of data collecting they stopped 54 terrorist attacks.
Because they have the backing of the court my argument went mute on their end of the phone. I expected nothing less but it sure is frustrating how they ignore the comments.
The only Q. they couldn't answer and wouldn't was, "Are you saying that when you combine all the brains & experts in DC and the NSA, DHS and military that no one can come up with a way to focus on the terrorist without collecting data on all Americans?
'It's Being Used for Political Purposes': NSA Whistleblower Reveals Grave Concerns About Domestic Surveillance Program
Jul. 30, 2013 3:21pm Erica Ritz
NSA whistleblower Diane Roark appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program Tuesday both to discuss Representative Michele Bachmann's defense of the agencyâ€™s data-collection policies, and to speak about the program at large.
One of the issues discussed was the concern that once the government has the ability to gather information on virtually every American, that it's only a matter of time before that information is used to intimidate or manipulate -- particularly lawmakers and national figures whose decisions impact the entire country."
â€œDo you think that kind of stuff is happening yet?" Beck asked.
Has anyone looked carefully at the footage of the Bradley Manning Court Martial? If so did you notice that the hat worn by the Mercinaries moving him in and out of the Court area are sporting the same logo on their hats and T-Shirts that were worn by the guys in Brown pants and Black hats at the Boston Bombing scene?
I noticed this last night. It seems that NO MP's are involved in the movement of Manning. They guard the doors till the Mercinaries arrive, and then they go away without a word when the Gorilla Merc's look at them.
US spy chiefs admit snooping on Americans Deputy director says NSA has ability to read phone records of millions of citizens while looking for one terror suspect.
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2013 03:05
President Barack Obama's national security has team acknowledged for the first time that it has the ability to read the phone records of millions of Americans while looking for just one terrorism suspect.
Appearing before the Senate judiciary committee, John Inglis, the NSA's deputy director, conceded that his agents can track the telephone activities of millions of Americans while searching for one terrorism suspect, but said that agents "try to be judicious" in their searches.
Google 'Pressure Cookers' and 'Backpacks,' Get a Visit from the Cops
Philip Bump 10:09 AM ET
Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How'd the government know what they were Googling?
Catalano (who is a professional writer) describes the tension of that visit.
By ERIC LICHTBLAU and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, Published: August 3, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency's dominant role as the nation's spy warehouse has spurred frequent tensions and turf fights with other federal intelligence agencies that want to use its surveillance tools for their own investigations, officials say.
FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software
CNET has learned the FBI has developed custom "port reader" software to intercept Internet metadata in real time. And, in some cases, it wants to force Internet providers to use the software.
by Declan McCullagh, August 2, 2013 12:26 PM PDT
The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.
FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI's legal position during these discussions is that the software's real-time interception of metadata is authorized under the Patriot Act.
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